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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— The transfer of 280 Vermont prison inmates from a private prison in Kentucky to one in Michigan has been completed, a state Department of Corrections official said Tuesday. The inmates were moved from the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville, Kentucky, owned by the Corrections Corporation of America, to the North Lake Correctional Facility in...

  • Panel puts off review of Vermont inmate deaths Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:34 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Legislature's Corrections Oversight Committee came in for some criticism Thursday over its decision not to look immediately into the recent deaths of three prison inmates. James Nicholson, a Vermont inmate at a private prison in Kentucky, died May 18, several weeks after being assaulted in that facility. He also noted that Defender...

  • Proposed solar farm would power about 1,200 homes Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    WINDSOR, Vt.— Green Mountain Power and a solar power firm are proposing to build the utility's largest solar farm, in eastern Vermont. The utility and groSolar want to construct a 4.9- megawatt solar farm on 50 acres of open space just south of the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor. But town officials tell The Valley News they want to know more about...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A legislative committee will meet this summer to examine whether the state should pursue an alternative to its health care exchange. After ending the 2015 legislative session, House Speaker Shap Smith authorized the 11- member House Committee on Health Care to meet several times during the summer and fall, Vermont Public Radio reported.

  • House approves bill to overhaul chemical regulation Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 7:20 PM ET

    The House vote, 398-1, moves the bill to the Senate, where a similar measure awaits a floor vote after winning approval from a Senate committee. The bills also would offer protections for people, such as pregnant women, children and workers, who are vulnerable to the effects of chemicals and set deadlines for the Environmental Protection Agency to act.

  • FEMA rebuffs Vermont on flood resilience Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    A June 4 letter from FEMA to the state, obtained by The Associated Press, says Vermont doesn't enforce the higher standards in a uniform enough fashion to warrant FEMA funding beyond the replacement cost of previously existing structures. As a result, many municipalities face the possibility covering the costs of meeting state requirements for better...

  • Tired of high state taxes? Maybe it's time to move Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Moving van

    A CNBC analysis shows that many states with the highest per capita in taxes are also seeing the most net migration to lower-tax states.

  • Bernie's long odds vs. Hillary: NBC-WSJ poll Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders greets guests at Drake University on June 12, 2015.

    Seventy-five percent of national Democratic primary voters polled say Hillary Clinton is their first choice vs. 15 percent for Bernie Sanders.

  • Vermont regulators take new look at gas pipeline Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:49 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The president of Vermont Gas Systems told skeptical state regulators Monday that the current cost forecast for a pipeline expansion in western Vermont is accurate now, even though its price tag already has gone from $86 million to nearly $154 million. The board is considering whether to reopen its 2013 decision to award what's essentially a...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. The Northeast Farm to School Institute takes place Wednesday through Friday at Shelburne Farms, located on the shores of Lake Champlain.

  • DUXBURY, Vt.— Bridges get a lot of attention when they fail, but scientists are working to eliminate what they say can be an even greater scourge, because of their sheer numbers and their effect on wildlife: culverts. "Every culvert is a potential disaster for our roads," said Rose Paul of the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, which has been working with the...

  • BOISE, Idaho— A federal judge has signed off on a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations accused of forming a price-fixing cartel. Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to raise prices by restricting the...

  • NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said the exemption allows Entergy to take $225 million from the fund to put toward the $368 million needed to handle the spent radioactive fuel. Entergy spokesman Martin Cohn said the company will use a $145 million line of credit to pay for the first phase of the handling, which includes moving the fuel to an air-cooled concrete and...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • NORWICH, Vt.— Students at Vermont Technical College will get a chance to be fully immersed in the ins and out of life as a dairy farmer after the donation of a 350- acre dairy farm. Vermont Tech will develop an intensive residential agricultural education where students live and work at the farm starting in the fall of 2016, Vermont Tech President Dan Smith said...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms could cost the nation's grocers up to $10 million a day in fines, according to a letter from an industry organization that is suing the block the law. Peter Shumlin from the head of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, dated Wednesday,...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Colder-than-normal temperatures shortened the Northeast's maple sugaring season this year, but overall syrup production in the U.S. managed to stay strong, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The only state that saw a drop was Ohio, which produced 115,000 gallons this year, down from 130,000 gallons in 2014. The state also...

  • *United Tech falls as it looks to exit helicopter business. June 15- Stocks fell on Wall Street on Monday as investors fretted over the consequences of a possible debt default by Greece, but talk of multi-billion dollar healthcare deals buoyed shares in the sector, cutting into the market's loss. After Sunday's breakdown of the cash-for-reform talks between...

  • In campaign reboot, Clinton vows wage gap push Saturday, 13 Jun 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
    Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts a small business forum with members of the business and lending communities at Bike Tech bicycle shop on May 19, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a populist promise to reverse the gulf between the rich and poor at her biggest campaign event to date.

  • Prison breaks by the numbers Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    Prison breaks by the numbers

    CNBC's Eric Chemi looks at how often prison breaks actually happen.